Art to imitate life at 2nd ID in S. Korea
Stars and Stripes May 1, 2004
CAMP CASEY, South Korea — A group of medics from 2nd Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment could be immortalized as the subjects of a limited-edition print illustrating the work of the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea.
The Association of the United States Army, a non-profit, private, U.S.-based educational organization, will produce the print.
An association team, including artist Jim Ryan and photographer Fran Brophy, visited Area I this week to observe 2nd ID soldiers training, absorb the atmosphere, and record images for possible use in the print.
The print would be the 10th in a series that, so far, has commemorated both world wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and several U.S. Army divisions, said Norm Harkins, the association’s 1st Region (New England) president.
Last year’s print focused on the 1st Infantry Division’s training in Germany, he said.
“Our photographer takes pictures and Jim (the artist) absorbs the information,” Harkins explained. “He creates an image of why we are here” in South Korea.
Whatever scene eventually is chosen, Ryan will produce an oil painting that will serve as the template for the limited-edition print, he said.
On Thursday, the team visited Camp Casey to watch and photograph “sergeant’s time” training by medics from Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment.
Lucero said “sergeant’s time” training, which happens from 7 a.m. to noon every Thursday, is fundamental to 2nd ID’s mission.
“We want to entrust our junior NCOs in training their soldiers,” he said.
This week, the medics were training in trauma casualty assessment, said 2-72 Armor’s Command Sgt. Maj. James Daniels.
Some of the medics were on the ground to simulate casualties while the sergeants supervised other soldiers attempting to determine what was wrong with the “injured” soldiers.
One of the soldiers supervising the training, Sgt. Anthony Rogers, described a nearby “casualty” as “unconscious and unresponsive.”
“It is good training,” said Pvt. Lee Hojin. “You actually get to train. The rest of the time we do maintenance on the vehicles.”
The AUSA print will be shown for the first time in October at the group’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.